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It’s getting easier and easier to send stuff into low earth orbit, and more folks seem to be interested in doing it. So not surprisingly, there is a growing number of projects that offer to perform amateur experiments on small satellites. For students, the opportunity to send up experiments into space has been around for at least a couple years (via the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program), but now almost anyone can participate in a space experiment. Here are just a few examples.
- SkyCube is a satellite project on Kickstarter with $1 sponsoring 10 seconds of the mission. For just $6, you can broadcast six 120-character messages from space! [url]
- Whatever you can fit inside a ping pong ball can be sent up to the edge of space (100,000 feet) — and anyone can make a PongSat. Presumably, though, they won’t let you fill your ping pong ball with a combustible propellant and an altimeter trigger…. [url]
- The ArduSat Mission has completed its Kickstarter campaign and put up a list of experiment ideas that could be run on its Arduino-based satellite. Some of the suggestions for experiments/apps aren’t too exciting, but there’s also a prize of $1,500 for the most innovative experiment or app for the ArduSat — so someone is bound to come up with a few more ideas. [url]
If you’d like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.